Jack Lynch Tunnel will not be tolled – Buttimer

Tuesday, 11th November 2014

  • Confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, that Jack Lynch Tunnel will not be tolled.

The Minister for Transport has informed me that there will be no toll on the Jack Lynch Tunnel.  This is consistent with the policy decision taken by the previous Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, that there would be no further tolling points introduced during the term of this Government.

When this Government came to office it made a serious commitment to the road network and transport infrastructure around Cork.  At a time when there was limited funding available for road projects this Government decided to go ahead with the Bandon Road and Sarsfield Road flyovers.   This has improved the road network around the city and was done without the need for additional tolls.  There has been no policy change since then and no toll is planned for the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

Speculation and scaremongering by Fianna Fáil Councillors on Cork City Council about tolling is completely without foundation.  The only basis for their claim is attention seeking, it has no basis in fact.  Government policy has been made clear by Ministers and it has not changed, under this Government there will be no tolling of the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

ENDS

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Infastructure, Transport

Capital funding to help community childcare facilities – Buttimer

Tuesday, 15th July 2014

  • €273,649 Early Years Capital Funding for 20 community childcare facilities in Cork.
  • €2.5 million in capital funding has been allocated nationally.

Community childcare facilities provide vital supports and services for families and on-going capital funding is essential to ensuring that they are provided in appropriate and safe facilities.  I am delighted that childcare facilities in Blackrock, Carrigaline, Mahon and Turners Cross will benefit from this funding.

Beginnings Creche at Mahon family Resource Centre will receive €13,429 and Scoil Ursula Preschool, Blackrock will get €4,880.  In Carrigaline An Naíonra Charraig Uí Leighin will receive €5,516 and Turner’s Cross Community Playgroup will get €7,152.  These grants will allow each facility to carry our essential repairs, maintenance or refurbishment.  This will provide a welcome improvement to the facilities, ultimately benefitting the children and families that use the important services delivered at community facilities.

Providing access to community facilities must be central to reducing the cost of childcare and increasing availability of spaces.  There are a number of very significant initiatives already underway to help with this and to deliver on the Early Years Quality Agenda.  Government already provides annual funding of €260 million to support a number of targeted child care support programmes that assist parents in accessing quality and affordable child care.  The funding announced today, together with these initiatives, are signs of much needed progress in the enabling families to access childcare.

Posted under Carrigaline, Children & Youth Affairs, Cork, Cork City, South Central, South East